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Kary Ritter, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Concentrating Solar Power, Cleco Alternative Energy Center
Mechanical Engineering Virtual Reality Lab

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering University of Louisiana at Lafayette  2016
M.S. Solar Energy Engineering,. Högskolan Dalarna University, 2011
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University,   2003

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 43678
Rougeou Hall, 212


Research Interests:

  • Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)
  • Photovoltaics (PV) Power
  • Virtual Reality (VR) training

Selected Publications:

Ritter III, K., Borst, C., Chambers, T., 2018, “Virtual Solar Energy Center Case Studies,” Computers in Education Journal, 9(4).

Ritter Kenneth A., Prilliman, Matthew, Chambers Terrence, Raush, Jonathan. (2018). “Maintenance of a Small-Scale Parabolic Trough Concentrating Solar Power Plant in Louisiana,” International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy. Vol. 6, No. 6, 2017, pp. 104-111. doi: 10.11648/j.ijrse.20170606.12

K Ritter, T Chambers, M Prillman, J Raush. (2017). “Measurement and Assessment of Parabolic Trough Mirror Soiling in an Operational CSP Plant in Southeastern United States,” Proceedings of the ASES National Solar Conference 2017. doi:10.18086/solar.2017.02.01

Raush, J., Ritter, K., Prilliman, M., Hebert, M., Pan, Z., Chambers, T. (2018) “Numerical Model and Performance Validation of a Small-Scale Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Plant in Louisiana,” Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 6, pp. 112-140.

Ritter, K.A. III, Borst, C. W., Chambers, T. L., 2015, “Overview and Assessment of Unity Toolkits for Virtual Reality Applications,” International Journal for Innovation in Education and Research, Vol. 3, No. 7, pp. 88 – 105. Available at:

Ritter, K.A. III, Chambers, T., 2014, “Educational Gaming and Use for Explaining Alternative Energy Technologies,” International Journal for Innovation in Education and Research, Vol. 2-03, 2014, pp. 30 – 42.

Ritter III, K., Morgan, A., Taylor, C., & Chambers, T.,"Multilevel Performance Evaluation of Nvidia Grid VCA Using Iray and V-Ray Rendering Engines in 3DS Max Design." Internet of Things and Cloud Computing, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 36-48.